Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kevin Kaminski
Kevin Kaminski was a hard-nosed centre who checked closely and fought hard for the puck in the corners and along the boards. He played with three NHL teams in the 1990s and toiled effectively in the AHL and IHL.

Born in Churchbridge, Saskatchewan, Kaminski scored 99 goals in three seasons with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades while racking up nearly 700 minutes in penalties. Following his first year in 1987, he was chosen 48th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL Entry Draft. He played only one game in Minnesota during his final junior year then was traded to the Quebec Nordiques for Gaeten Duchesne. His tenure in Quebec consisted of six NHL games and a fair bit of time spent with the Halifax Citadels of the AHL and IHL's Fort Wayne Komets.

Prior to the 1993-94 season, he was acquired by the Washington Capitals who were looking to add grit to their speedy roster. Kaminski split the first two seasons in the organization between the parent club and the AHL's Portland Pirates. In 1994 his fiery play helped Portland win the Calder Cup. Kaminski spent the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons with Washington where he supplied grit and enthusiasm. He spent the next three years in the minors before retiring in December of 1999.

Following his playing career, Kaminski joined the coaching ranks and in 2004-05 became the GM/Head Coach of the Missouri River Otters.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Saskatoon Blazers SMHL
1984-85 Saskatoon Blades WHL 5 0 1 1 17
1985-86 Saskatoon Blazers SMHL 32 39 64 103 106
1985-86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 4 1 1 2 35 2 0 0 0 5
1986-87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 67 26 44 70 325 11 5 6 11 45
1987-88 Saskatoon Blades WHL 55 38 61 99 247 10 5 7 12 37
1988-89 Saskatoon Blades WHL 52 25 43 68 199 8 4 9 13 25
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Saskatoon Blades M-Cup 4 0 4 4 9
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1989-90 Halifax Citadels AHL 19 3 4 7 128 2 0 0 0 5
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 7 1 0 1 44
1990-91 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 56 9 15 24 455 19 4 2 6 169
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 5 0 0 0 45 -2
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 63 18 27 45 329
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 79 27 37 64 345
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 13 0 5 5 87 +2
1993-94 Portland Pirates AHL 39 10 22 32 263 16 4 5 9 91
1994-95 Portland Pirates AHL 34 15 20 35 292
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 27 1 1 2 102 -6 5 0 0 0 36
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 54 1 2 3 164 -1 3 0 0 0 16
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 38 1 2 3 130 0
1997-98 Portland Pirates AHL 40 8 12 20 242 -3 8 2 1 3 69
1998-99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 39 7 10 17 217 0
1999-00 Providence Bruins AHL 5 0 2 2 17 +1
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 5 0 0 0 9 0
NHL Totals 139 3 10 13 528 8 0 0 0 52


Traded to Quebec by Minnesota for Gaetan Duchesne, June 19, 1989. Traded to Washington by Quebec for Mark Matier, June 15, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Las Vegas (IHL), September 4, 1998. IHL rights acquired by Utah (IHL) from Las Vegas (IHL) with Russ Romaniuk, Scott Hollis and Brad Miller after Las Vegas franchise folded, July 6, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Providence (AHL), September 9, 1999. Traded to Orlando (IHL) by Providence (AHL) for cash, November 11, 1999.
Suffered season-ending concussion in game vs. Grand Rapids (IHL), November 20, 1999.
Played w/ RHI's New England Stingers in 1994 (13-16-30-46-30).
Officially announced retirement and named Assistant Coach of Cincinnati (AHL), August 24, 2000.